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Posts on non-profits involved in ending homelessness and expanding supportive housing.

Building Homes Transforming Lives

20th Anniversary Celebration set for September 30th Monarch Housing Associates is a statewide non-profit whose vision is that every person will have quality affordable, permanent housing that fosters freedom, independence and community integration. Our mission is to expand the supply, accessibility and variety of affordable, permanent supportive housing through development, planning, advocacy and partnerships. On September 30, 2010, at the…

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MHANJ’s Consumer Connections Director Honored

To receive “Bridge Builder – Peer Support Advocate of the Year” Award!

Charlie Wuth, MHANJ Workforce Development Coordinator (L) and Stephanie Knight, Consumer Connections Outreach Coordinator (R) congratulate Ray Cortese, Director of MHANJs Consumer Connections program on his receipt of the NAPS Peer Specialist Advocate of the Year Award.
Charlie Wuth, MHANJ Workforce Development Coordinator (L) and Stephanie Knight, Consumer Connections Outreach Coordinator (R) congratulate Ray Cortese, Director of MHANJ's Consumer Connection's program on his receipt of the NAPS Peer Specialist Advocate of the Year Award.
Ray Cortese, Director of Consumer Connections at the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has been selected by the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) to receive the “Bridge Builder – Peer Support Advocate of the Year” Award at the Association’s National Conference held in Philadelphia, PA from August 19 -21st.

The award recognizes Ray Cortese for his leadership in promoting peer support on the state and national level through the creation of the Community Mental Health Associate (CMHA) and Peer Specialist Associate (PSA) credentials in New Jersey, integration of WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) into peer support models, and the expansion of peer services at the Veterans Administration in NJ.

Consumer Connections, established in 1997, is a comprehensive system of training, credentialing, supporting and developing employment opportunities to facilitate the use of peers in the deliverance of mental health and human services. Since becoming Director of Consumer Connections, Mr. Cortese has actively promoted peer support through his participation in state and local organizations and agencies.

“Within the past two years, Consumer Connections has expanded greatly, both geographically and programmatically. In addition to a broader array of trainings, the program has established new relationships with organizations that employ consumers as providers,” stated Mr. Cortese. “In 2008 Consumer Connections has worked with such employers as Family Guidance Center in Warren County, Drenk Behavioral Health and Delaware House, resulting in plans for a 2009 conference for mental health organizations that currently employ or will be employing consumers as providers. We have been collaborating with the Mental Health Administrators of Middlesex, Ocean and Monmouth Counties to organize this conference, which will emphasize Best Practice issues related to consumer employment. As with all Consumer Connections programming, consumers will be involved in the development and implementation of this important conference.”

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Monarch opens new office in Cranford

Monarch's new office!

Pictured above left to right in the top row – Taiisa Telesford, Sharon Levy and Peggy Verenna-Doebbeling. Front row – Richard Brown, Elizabeth Tedeschi, Eucabeth Williams, and Diane Driscoll. The photo was taken by Asish Patel.

The new office address is:

    29 Alden Street
    Suite 1B
    Cranford, NJ 07016-2156

In September we will be holding an open house.

The phone number as well as the individual fax numbers remain the same. However, each staff member now has an individual extension. Please add this information along with the new address to your records.

Phone Extensions

Richard Brown – 225

Kelly Dowd – 221

Diane Driscoll – 227

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